About Me

I am currently a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento, College of Teacher Education and Undergraduate Studies in Education.  I co-authored an English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) teacher-training program for teachers in California, and trained thousands of teachers for the required English Learner Authorization. I consult and coach teachers, administrators, business people, and parents. Nationally, I also consult with Districts, State Departments of Education, and Universities to inspire their teaching staff with research-based, best practices to ensure that every learner will succeed. I’ve trained hundreds of educational stakeholders in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe, and South America.



Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Multicultural Emphasis, University of the Pacific 1994

MA International Affairs, California State University, Sacramento 1983

Global Studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain 1975 – 1976


University Instructor

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses 1988 - Present

Consultant, Trainer, Coach & Keynote Speaker

Work with schools, universities, and corporate organizations, provide high quality staff development. 1988 - Present

Client Testimonials

  • Heather Sellens has provided a variety of meaningful research based language acquisition trainings to educators in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District since 1998. Heather's approachable style, combined with her passion and depth of knowledge, has consistently been received by educators with great enthusiasm and the strategies learned are evident in the classroom.

    Ivone Larson, Assistant Superintendent, LAKE TAHOE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • I have worked with Dr. Sellens for over three years now and I am pleased with the service she has provided.She understands the needs of our parents and children and has catered services to address their needs. She understands the high standards that are expected from us from the California Department of Education and she is most efficient in delivering well within time limits.

    Jesus Gonzalez,Director, Migrant Education Program, Region XIV
  • I’ve known Dr. Heather Sellens for eight years, and I have never met anyone with such a passion for presenting research and skills in Intercultural Communications and Global Business. After speaking with her for five minutes, you will see why I say this. Her gift of knowledge and humor is simply amazing.

    Park, Chung Yeol, Ph.D. Chair, International Business Management KNU

Get In Touch.

Contact me at Heather Sellens to schedule a meeting. I will get back to you promptly. Thank you. Heather Sellens.